History Film / TheBirdcage

1st Jun '18 10:22:51 AM Mdumas43073
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Val Goldman (Dan Futterman) and Barbara Keeley (Calista Flockhart) are engaged to be married, and have decided that their families should meet. Barbara comes from a traditional Christian family; its patriarch Senator Kevin Keeley (Gene Hackman) is a MoralGuardian politician running for re-election. When one of Keeley's close political friends [[RefugeInAudacity dies in the bed of an underage, black prostitute]], Mrs. Keeley (Dianne Wiest) suggests they visit the fiancé's family to discuss wedding plans and escape the scandal and the press; a "traditional, wholesome" all-American marriage could be just what the Senator needs to save his career.

Unbeknownst to Barbara's parents, however, is that Val's family is a Jewish, gay couple that owns a South Beach drag club called The Birdcage. Not only does Val's father Armand Goldman (Robin Williams) live above and run the club, but his partner Albert (Nathan Lane) is the show's star drag queen "Starina". With the Keeleys already driving down from Ohio, the Goldmans have to quickly [[FawltyTowersPlot pile together a story and drastically redecorate]], recreating themselves as the "Coleman" family and CampGay Albert as an Uncle in the hope the can get past HeteronormativeCrusader Keeley.

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Val Goldman (Dan Futterman) (Futterman) and Barbara Keeley (Calista Flockhart) (Flockhart) are engaged to be married, and have decided that their families should meet. Barbara comes from a traditional conservative Christian family; its patriarch patriarch, Senator Kevin Keeley (Gene Hackman) (Hackman), is a MoralGuardian politician running for re-election. When one of Keeley's close political friends [[RefugeInAudacity dies in the bed of an underage, black prostitute]], Mrs. Keeley (Dianne Wiest) (Wiest) suggests they visit the fiancé's family to discuss wedding plans and escape the scandal and the press; a "traditional, wholesome" all-American marriage could be just what the Senator needs to save his career.

Unbeknownst to Barbara's parents, however, is that Val's family is are a Jewish, gay couple that owns who own a South Beach drag club called The Birdcage. Not only does Val's father Armand Goldman (Robin Williams) (Williams) live above and run the club, but his partner Albert (Nathan Lane) (Lane) is the show's star drag queen "Starina". With the Keeleys already driving down from Ohio, the Goldmans have to quickly [[FawltyTowersPlot pile together a story and drastically redecorate]], recreating themselves as the "Coleman" family and CampGay Albert as an Uncle in the hope the can get past HeteronormativeCrusader Keeley.
1st Jun '18 10:20:32 AM Mdumas43073
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''The Birdcage'' is a 1996 comedy film directed by Creator/MikeNichols, and stars Creator/RobinWilliams, Nathan Lane, Creator/GeneHackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Creator/HankAzaria, and Creator/ChristineBaranski. The script was written by Creator/ElaineMay, and is a remake of the 1978 French film adaptation of ''[[Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles La Cage aux Folles]]'', which was created by Jean Poiret and Francis Veber, and starred Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi.

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''The Birdcage'' is a 1996 comedy film directed by Creator/MikeNichols, and stars starring Creator/RobinWilliams, Nathan Lane, Creator/GeneHackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Creator/HankAzaria, and Creator/ChristineBaranski. The script was written by Creator/ElaineMay, and is a remake of the 1978 French film adaptation of ''[[Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles La Cage aux Folles]]'', which was created by Jean Poiret and Francis Veber, and starred Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi.
18th Feb '18 11:06:08 AM megajake
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** Agador, while dressed in cut-off shorts and a lacy, see-through, midriff-baring shirt, complains that a butler's uniform would make him "look like a fag."

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** Agador, while dressed in cut-off shorts and a lacy, see-through, midriff-baring shirt, complains that a butler's uniform would make him "look like a fag."" Armand deconstructs it by pointing out that at least he'll look like a fag in a uniform.
13th Feb '18 9:43:25 PM Mdumas43073
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''The Birdcage'' is a 1996 comedy film directed by Creator/MikeNichols, and stars Creator/RobinWilliams, Nathan Lane, Creator/GeneHackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Creator/HankAzaria, and Creator/ChristineBaranski. The script was written by Elaine May, and is a remake of the 1978 French film adaptation of ''[[Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles La Cage aux Folles]]'', which was created by Jean Poiret and Francis Veber, and starred Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi.

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''The Birdcage'' is a 1996 comedy film directed by Creator/MikeNichols, and stars Creator/RobinWilliams, Nathan Lane, Creator/GeneHackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Creator/HankAzaria, and Creator/ChristineBaranski. The script was written by Elaine May, Creator/ElaineMay, and is a remake of the 1978 French film adaptation of ''[[Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles La Cage aux Folles]]'', which was created by Jean Poiret and Francis Veber, and starred Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi.
13th Feb '18 9:42:37 PM Mdumas43073
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''The Birdcage'' is a 1996 comedy film directed by Creator/MikeNichols, and stars Creator/RobinWilliams, Nathan Lane, Creator/GeneHackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Creator/HankAzaria and Christine Baranski. The script was written by Elaine May, and is a remake of the 1978 French film adaptation of ''[[Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles La Cage aux Folles]]'', which was created by Jean Poiret and Francis Veber, and starred Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi.

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''The Birdcage'' is a 1996 comedy film directed by Creator/MikeNichols, and stars Creator/RobinWilliams, Nathan Lane, Creator/GeneHackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Creator/HankAzaria Creator/HankAzaria, and Christine Baranski.Creator/ChristineBaranski. The script was written by Elaine May, and is a remake of the 1978 French film adaptation of ''[[Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles La Cage aux Folles]]'', which was created by Jean Poiret and Francis Veber, and starred Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi.
6th Dec '17 12:47:48 PM moongalleon22
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** Downplayed trope, however, as the fact that they aren't (and cannot be) legally married seems to contribute to Albert's assuming that Armand is having affairs, or doesn't love him anymore. Eventually played completely straight once Armand [[spoiler: actually gives Albert a palimony agreement to sign, with this being the closest thing to marriage available to them at the time]].
3rd Sep '17 3:34:14 PM oldmanyoshi
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* DifferentForGirls: Partly subverted; Albert can't pass for a straight man to save his life, but makes a much more convincing housewife using his extensive experience in drag.

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* DifferentForGirls: Partly subverted; Inverted; Albert can't pass for a straight man to save his life, but makes a much more convincing housewife using his extensive experience in drag.
26th Jul '17 7:09:20 PM ThallianGold
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* StealthPun: Robin Williams is playing the [[StraightGay straight man]] against Nathan Lane's comic persona.
8th Apr '17 8:07:52 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* FictionalPoliticalParty: The "Coalition for Moral Order" Party which, unsurprisingly, [[ConflictBall is a radical conservative party]] [[StrawmanPolitical primarily focused on traditional families]].

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* FictionalPoliticalParty: The "Coalition for Moral Order" Party which, unsurprisingly, [[ConflictBall is a radical conservative party]] [[StrawmanPolitical [[StrawCharacter primarily focused on traditional families]].



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Spoken by the [[Creator/RobinWilliams man who coined the phrase]], no less. {{Lampshaded}} when Albert [[OhCrap suddenly realizes what he's just said]] and excuses himself.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Spoken by the [[Creator/RobinWilliams man who coined the phrase]], no less. {{Lampshaded}} [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Albert [[OhCrap suddenly realizes what he's just said]] and excuses himself.
10th Mar '17 5:02:10 AM lexii
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-->'''Drag!Albert''': That's ridiculous! The doctors are only doing their jobs. Better to kill the mothers. That will stop them.

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-->'''Drag!Albert''': That's ridiculous! The doctors are only doing their jobs. Better to kill Kill the mothers. That will mothers, that'll stop them.
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